As we approach the warmer weather, a burning question comes to the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. Trying to understand what flowers are right for your garden can be overwhelming, but, not to worry, Spring-Green has all the answers you need. Even for those who think they have a “brown thumb,” we have the tips you need to ensure your flower gardens’ success. From understanding your geographic zone to exploring perennials and other popular flowers, we’ve compiled the guide you need to create a vibrant and thriving garden. So, let’s get started!
Frequently Asked Questions About Flowers:
What are the best flowers for your zone? The United States is broken down into zones that are helpful in determining which flowers will thrive in your garden’s location related to climate, soil, and seasonal patterns. By choosing plants, trees, and flowers that match your climate and your soil, you will set yourself up for success. Be sure to consider how much sun and rainwater the area you plan to plant in will receive.
What about perennials? Perennial flowers are a popular option and a garden must-have with so many types to choose from. Here is a brief overview of everything you need to know to find the perfect perennials for your garden.
- First, what are perennial flowers? Perennials flowers come back year after year blooming on their own. They typically live for two years or more due to their far-reaching roots which extends their lifespan and creates less upkeep for the gardener. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and most of them can withstand any climate.
- Popular types of perennials:
- Blanket Flower – The blanket flower produces flowers that look like daisies that come in shades of orange, dark red, and yellow.
- Pineapple Sage – Pineapple sage gets its name for its pineapple scent. This perennial features red flowers and leafy stems that thrive in full sunlight.
- Shasta Daisy – Blooming in late spring to fall, the Shasta daisy looks like a traditional daisy and brings two to three-foot foliage that lasts year-round.
- May Night Sage – May Night Sage blooms indigo flowers and lush green foliage even in cooler climates.
What are the best flowers for beginning gardeners? Beginning gardeners can make choices that support their inexperience. The good news is there are so many options to consider. Spring-Green provided some good choices for the beginning gardener – of course, taking your zone into consideration too.
- Sunflowers – The sunflower with giant flower heads and lots of branches. A gold halo circles each center disk, too. Although each flower is slightly different in coloration, all are pollen-free. This variety tops out at up to six feet high.
- Zinnia – Zinnias can be found in almost any color except blue. The flowers are similar to daisies or dahlias. They require a lot of sun and much air circulation to survive.
- Marigolds – Marigolds are hearty and easy as long as there is a lot of sun. Yellow, red, and gold brighten your garden all summer long. Some varieties are tall and others are much more compact.
- Pansies – Pansies bring a bright array of colors to your garden even when the temps are cold in spring and fall.
What flowers bloom all year round? Flowers like Coneflower, Bluestar, Barrenwort, and Sedum are all plants that bloom flowers the entire year-round. Having a beautiful garden the entire year can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. Depending on the zone in which you live, your options can be limited during colder months. By following best practices for your area, you can, however, have a beautiful garden 365 days each year.
Tips for Planting Flowers:
- Sun – Your flowers will need the sun. Be sure to consider the right mix of sun that your choice of flowers will need.
- Soil – Your flowers will also need healthy soil to thrive. Soil tests and fortifications may be required to support your garden’s good health.
- Water – You may need to install a sprinkler system to keep your flowers hydrated and support their bloom. It is important to understand the balance.
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